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Lockdown lifted at Bradford Middle School

School officals say student brought what appeared to be gasoline

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STARKE, Fla. – Bradford Middle School was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning after an eighth grade student brought what appeared to be gasoline to the campus on Orange Street, officials said.

School officials discovered the gasoline because of the smell and the lockdown was imposed for about an hour while a security check of the area was conducted. 

Sgt. Gerald Ruise, the director of security and safety for the Bradford County School District, said the boy was found in possession of the flammable liquid, which appeared to be gasoline, and two containers.

Authorities said they do not believe he had any intentions to hurt anyone or cause damage. 

The student's parents came to the school to talk with administrators and law enforcement but there have not been any problems with the boy in the past, Ruise said.

The student will be disciplined by the school district, Ruise said. The Starke Police Department and Bradford Sheriff's Office will be working the State Attorney's Office on possible criminal charges, according to Ruise.

Ruise said he expects charges to be filed. He said the danger other students were put in is a factor.

Authorities do not believe anyone else was involved.


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